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Davinder S Bal

Davinder S Bal

Davinder Bal started his career as a successful Personal Injury Solicitor at Rowley Ashworth and Thompsons before founding DBS Law.  He now oversees many elements of the company, including Business Development and Client Relationship Management, with a keen eye on Marketing and Media within the company. His flagship CSR programme, DBS Heart was established in more recent years, developing along with DBS Law’s community-driven ethos to become a Community Interest Company in its own right.

Davinder has a strong belief in investing in DBS Law’s employees and clients, and this focus has led to DBS Law being repeatedly awarded Legal 500 status, as well as being listed in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies To Work For. Further investment in client service, which is central to DBS Law’s company culture, led it to become the first law firm to be awarded the Customer Service Excellence Award from the Government’s Cabinet Office in 2014. Putting the client’s needs first, Davinder ensures that DBS Law provides clear advise and an individually tailored service suited to each client’s budget and requirements.

Davinder has a keen interest in client led legal services and has carried out pro-bono work with the Sikh Channel Community, broadcast internationally. He enjoys nature, rowing, and getting involved in numerous community service projects with the aim of connecting businesses and the communities they serve.

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Jonathan Haigh

Jonathan Haigh

Jonathan is a Finance Director at DBS Law. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Jonathan is also an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Before joining DBS Law he spent 17 years working in an accountancy practice in Birmingham, providing audit, accountancy and taxation services to an extensive range of clients, with Legal firms being his speciality. He was previously Head of the Accounts Department, responsible for overseeing the firm’s accounts and maintaining budgetary control for the company. He aims to ensure that all staff members within the department are given the opportunity to gain excellent knowledge and expertise.

Outside of DBS Law, Jonathan is a keen sailor and can be found on the water racing dinghies most weekends. He is also a RYA dinghy instructor teaching both adults and children to sail.

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Baroness Lorely Burt

Baroness Lorely Burt

Lorely has a multi-faceted role at DBS. She is both a Board Advisor for DBS Law, and a Non-Executive Director for DBS Heart CIC.

Most famously, Lorely is a life peer who sits in the House of Lords as of 2015 after ten years as the MP for Solihull, where she also became the first woman to chair the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party.

Lorely has two decades of experience as an owner and as a CEO of companies in the Midlands and also held several other roles in a number of sectors including estate planning, personnel and training and was also an assistant governor with the Prison Service.

Lorely has a strong interest in health, disability and equality issues as well as sports. She is the President of the Solihull branch of the Osteoporosis Society, Patron of Solihull Moors FC and the Colebridge Table Tennis Club.

The Baroness has also won three awards:

  • British Institute of Innkeeping’s Best Independent Training Company 1994
  • Federation of Small Business’ Small Business Friendly Award 2008 & 2009
  • Women’s Business and Enterprise Council’s International Luminary Award 2009
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Dawn White

Dawn White

Dawn is an Associate Director at DBS Law, who leads the Private Client team at DBS Law’s Nottingham office. She has a strong commitment to client care ensuring all clients receive a friendly, attentive and professional service whilst providing a tailored solution to a particular client’s circumstance.

Dawn believes strongly that elderly clients should receive appropriate advice and care and is also a Dignity Champion who believes that being treated with dignity is a basic human right, not an optional extra.

Alongside being a Member of Solicitors for the Elderly, Dawn has previously won the Derby Young Lawyer Skills Triathlon in 2006. She is an affiliate member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and has recently been shortlisted for Midlands Rising Star at the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards.

Dawn has become fully involved with DBS Heart, becoming Chair and Ambassador of KidsOut in Nottingham. She led the new event committee which raised over £17,000 at its first event in June 2015.

Outside of DBS Law, Dawn is mum to a 6 year old boy, and enjoys fishing, reading and cooking.

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Louise Johal

Louise Johal

Louise is an Associate Director at DBS Law heading up the Commercial Litigation department in the East and West Midlands. Louise has many years of experience in complex and wide ranging litigation matters.

She strives to reach a swift, practical and commercially viable solution in a cost effective manner for her business clients.

Her particular areas of expertise are:-

  • Contractual disputes including claims on the issue of satisfactory quality, fitness for purpose and/or late delivery,
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy,
  • Debt recovery,
  • Miss-selling claims and bank litigation,
  • Enforcement and defence of post termination restrictive covenants,
  • Professional negligence,
  • Intellectual property including copyright infringement and passing off claims,
  • Landlord and tenant disputes,
  • Shareholder and Partnership disputes,
  • Director disqualification proceedings and personal liability of directors,
  • Restoration of companies.

In her free time Louise enjoys interval training, rock music and travel.

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Harjeet Singh

Harjeet Singh

Harry is the Head of IT at DBS Law. He graduated in Bachelors and Master level qualifications in Information Technology, and has since applied his skills to the continual improvement of DBS Law’s IT systems. Harry has a wide knowledge of the latest Microsoft Technologies, including Virtualisation and Failover Clustering.

He has developed solid core IT infrastructure skills in planning, designing, developing and maintaining complete IT & Telecommunications structures for small and medium businesses. He is responsible for providing a reliable, cost effective, secure and performing IT environment, to enable the company to assist its staff in providing clients with an excellent service.

Recently, he has worked on major improvements to DBS Law’s IT system, with remote access which facilitates more flexible working arrangements for DBS Law staff.

Harry is passionate about IT and Support, as well as being fluent in English, Punjabi, and Hindi. 

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Vicky Blodwell

Vicky Blodwell

Vicky holds a multi-faceted roll as a Solicitor in the Personal Injury department specialising in serious injury and is also the Complaints Handler at the firm 

She is a serious injury specialist, who has had great success in dealing with claims arising from road traffic accidents as well as accidents at work and in public places. Vicky prides herself on offering practical advice which is easy to understand. Her approach to clients centres on empathy, with a focus upon clients’ rehab needs at early stages to ensure that interim payments are provided to help them rebuild their lives. She is conscious of the bigger picture and works to ensure that clients’ families are not overlooked.

Vicky began her legal career at Russell Jones and Walker and qualified upon joining DBS Law. She also holds her Higher Rights of Audience. She was appointed as a Director in 2013.

Her most notable cases include reaching a settlement for a woman who developed Chronic Pain Syndrome after she was hit by a car. The matter settled at the sum of £335,000, which covered care and assistant for the rest of the client’s life. More recent cases have included settling a claim for a lady who had been knocked down outside a petrol station after she sustained facial injuries and fractures to the leg, arm and back. The client was left unable to work again, and with Vicky’s help was able to gain a six-figure settlement of £318,000. She has also been praised recently for her successful settlement of a hit-and-run case, in which the client sustained multiple fractures and dental injuries, in the sum of £115,000.

Vicky enjoys watching football, swimming and cooking vegetarian food.

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Kristel Georgeou

Kristel Georgeou

Expertise: – Kristel is a qualified solicitor who specialises in residential property law. Kristel possesses extensive knowledge in dealing with all sorts of property transactions, from sales and purchases, transfers of equity, remortgages, purchases of land, auction pack preparation, purchase at auction, lease extensions, registration of legal charges, grants of new leases, right to buy, auction pack review, purchase of freehold interest and shared ownership.

Kristel is the Team Leader and Chair of DBS Law’s niche Greek Desk providing legal solutions to the Greek and Cypriot communities.

Experience: – Kristel has a number of years’ experience in the property field and has represented a large number of individuals and lenders. Whilst training, Kristel was awarded the Law Society Trainee Solicitor of the Year award  in 2007, and subsequently written articles for several newspapers and lectured at the University she attended, highlighting the difficulties law students can face in trying to secure a training contract and not to give up. Kristel has been providing residential legal advice for over 7 years and has always delivered a high level of service with a clear focus on the best interests of the client. Kristel adds value to the service provided by expertly accommodating the needs of lenders and estate agents in a professional manner. Kristel continues to be recommended by clients, estate agents and mortgage providers and feedback from clients is unanimously positive.

Interests: – Outside of work Kristel enjoys music, travelling and interior design, motoring and good food.

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Fiona Moore

Fiona Moore

Fiona is a Commercial and Residential Property solicitor with over 15 years experience.

Fiona has worked for small family run firms and large city centre practices as head of department meaning that she has expertise in handling a wide range of matters from private individuals, landlords, tenants, investors and companies, including purchasing commercial property through pension schemes, auction properties, agricultural and land sales as well as option agreements.

Fiona’s interests in the field of property law are predominately concerning business development and the IT infrastructure and digital development of the property law field, particularly relating to streamlining the conveyancing process.

Away from her desk, Fiona spends time with her son and twin daughters and has recently taken up horse riding, leading to her sitting on a horse welfare charity’s committee.

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Helen Shaw

Helen Shaw

Helen is a consultant in our Family Law department with a wide range of experience in matters covering divorce, finances (including high net worth and business interests), Children Disputes, Same-sex marriage, Civil Partnerships, and pre-and-post-nuputual matters. She qualified in 1993, since which she has accrued experience in Family Law at a number of firms before joining DBS Law.

She is a qualified mediator and member of Resolution, an organisation of family law professionals working to promote constructive and non-confrontational approaches to dispute resolution. She has a strong interest in charity work and has undertaken a number of voluntary roles with charities supporting people with mental health issues. 

Outside of work, Helen enjoys keeping fit and singing as part of Lace City, an award-winning Barbershop chorus. Recently her group took part in an international competition in L.A., achieving the highest score a British Chorus has ever achieved.